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The Strenuous Life Podcast with Stephan Kesting

This is the Stephan Kesting's Grapplearts Radio Podcast where we discuss BJJ, Grappling, MMA, and all manner of martial arts training.

Stephan runs, where he has published many hundreds of martial arts videos, articles and tutorials.

His free guide to learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, A Roadmap for BJJ, has been downloaded more than 10,000 times and has become a foundational text for the art. Click here to download that book for free as well.

Stephan has a lengthy career in martial arts, spanning more than 3 decades.  He has dedicated many years to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and you can find his accessible and practical expertise on all BJJ matters at

A black belt in multiple martial art systems, he brings a range of approaches to self defense, and a critical eye for what works in the street.

Stephan has been featured in Black Belt Magazine, Ultimate Grappling, Tapout Magazine and Ultimate Athlete.

He is also a frequent guest on martial arts related podcasts, including The Fightworks Podcast, Atlantic MMA, Combatives Corner, The Warrior’s Den, The Spartan Underground and many more.

Apr 18, 2021

Today I talk with Dr Nicholas Tyau, a BJJ Black Belt and internal medicine specialist who was working in NYC hospitals during Covid Ground Zero in 2020.  We discuss the 5 key factors you need to consider after you've been vaccinated but before you decide to return to normal training, including...

1) Local hospital and ICU occupancy rates
2) Test positivity rates in your community
3) Vaccination rates within your community and your training group
4) Your tolerance for taking short term and long term risk
5) Your tolerance for, and the consequences of, potentially making others sick, especially the people you live with.

Please check out my previous episode (ep 285) with Dr Tyau here:

Also episode 302 with epidemiologists Kathrine Wallace and Madeline Lewis:

And my series of discussions with Dr Chris Moriarty on guidelines for operating a BJJ school safely during the Covid-19 pandemic:

Thank you, and take care of each other,

Stephan Kesting